Lab Manager, Nonhuman Primate Program
Lab Manager, Nonhuman Primate Program
Job ID: 2019-10326
# of Openings: 1
Category: Research and Laboratory
The Princeton Neuroscience Institute and Psychology Department at Princeton University is looking for an experienced research technician to work as a full-time Manager of the non-human primate program. The individual will manage the non-human primate program across laboratories in both departments. This is a one-year term position with the possibility of renewal, starting immediately.
Primary responsibilities will be to support the non-human primate neuroscience research program at Princeton. The individual will be responsible managing the animal colony and supervising/training research personnel. This requires working closely with veterinary staff to manage animal well-being, including clinical care of animals, teaching/supervising laboratory personnel on appropriate clinical care, and facilitating animal enrichment. The individual will also maintain all clinical records and assist with regulatory requirements, including maintaining animal and biosafety protocols. Finally, the individual will support surgical procedures, train laboratory personnel on experimental and handling techniques, and will occasionally assist with experiments.
Clinical care of the animals
- Managing maintenance of implants (wells, headposts) and craniotomies across colony
- General animal care; will keep track of animal’s clinical status, health, etc
Training and Handling of Animals
- Behavioral enrichment (access to the enrichment room, clicker training, identifying good social pairs, developing new enrichment devices)
- Acclimation training: Initial pole & chair training, acclimation to the laboratory (and documentation in ‘acclimation records’) Compliance assurance
- Documentation (frequent, e.g. bi-weekly, checking and training on appropriate documentation across the labs, making sure that documentation is consistent across labs)
- Facilitate routine inspections of labs (semi-annual IACUC, USDA, AALAC)
- Develop appropriate checklists for maintaining lab standards and compliance assurance
- Manage routine cleanings of laboratory spaces (e.g. discarding expired drugs, etc) Lab-specific support (50% Buschman, 50% Kastner)
- Organizing of lab supplies, facilitating ordering, etc
- Occasional filling-in for care of animals (training, cleaning, etc)
- Management of controlled substances
- Management of Protocols
- Development and maintenance of protocols
- Benchmarking protocols with other labs and institutions Surgical Support
- Provide support prepping animal, during surgery, and in recovery
- Provide pre or post-surgical medications
- Benchmark new surgical procedures and develop appropriate protocol amendments Training of Lab Members
- Training of chairing and head fixation procedures
- Training of injections and minor surgical procedures
- Training of implant maintenance, cleaning, etc
- A bachelor's degree in neuroscience, biology, physics, math, computer science or a related field is required.
- Must have extensive experience with non-human primates in a research setting.
- This includes familiarity with animal husbandry, regulatory requirements, surgical assistance, and behavioral and experimental techniques.
- Basic computer skills are required.
- In particular, the individual should have excellent inter-personal skills as they will be working across research labs and working closely with veterinary and regulatory personnel.
- Must have excellent references that highlight the candidate’s research experience, their organization skills, and their willingness to work as part of a research team.
- Scientific curiosity and strong critical thinking and troubleshooting skills are highly desirable.
- Preferred candidates will have extensive research and animal husbandry experience (4-6 years).
- In particular, previous experience providing clinical care and enrichment to non-human primates is highly desirable.